京都学園大学

京都学園大学

Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Disorders [Uzumasa]

更新日:2017年9月27日(水)
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Aim to be speech therapists who assume the challenges of clinical problem resolution.

Why speech therapists now?

Personnel are in great demand and there are advantages in employment. Let’s start a first step from here as immediately effective personnel.

National qualifications for speech therapists were established in 1997. These are professionals diagnosing speech. Now it is reported there are about 6 million people having speech and hearing disorders and the number is increasing in conjunction with aging. As of March 2014, people having a speech therapist qualification in Japan totaled about 23,700 and personnel are in great demand. We expect their positions will further expand in medical institutions, including hospitals and welfare facilities.

Let’s start a first step from here as immediately effective personnel.

Abnormalities in speech and hearing might happen to anyone from infants to elderly and there are a variety of causes. In many cases, there are hidden doors into the history of development and life habits and it is important to have the ability to search for the causes while maintaining communication with patients. Therefore, my lectures focus on learning by always imaging the “field” by using dolls to simulate exchange with speech therapists and the flow of diagnosis. In practices at medical institutions, we develop speech therapists with practical ability by setting tasks so that students can gradually learn the field work of speech therapists.

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Disorders, Professor Makoto Kariyasu

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Disorders, Lecturer, Minoru Toyama

Speech therapists work to support the joy of communication.

A speech therapist is a rather new national qualification established in 1997. It is reported that there are about more than 6.5 million patients in Japan, but there are few speech therapists and many patients cannot receive sufficient rehabilitation. Abnormalities in speech and hearing might happen to anyone from infants to elderly and there are a variety of symptoms. It is the difficulty and joy of speech therapists to face patients one by one and practice thinking of optimum training methods. I sincerely want you to feel the joy and emotion when the feeling inside of a patient has been conveyed to other people.

Features of Department

  1. Acquire the knowledge and clinical skills as a professional of “speech.”
  2. Develop humanity and communication ability necessary for on-site team medical care.
  3. Improve skills by clinical practices and develop practical ability and problem solving ability.
  4. Improve skills by clinical practices and develop practical ability and problem solving ability.

How to learn at the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Disorders

Practice Step
Observation Practice (2nd Year)
In observation practices, students firmly observe patients and develop the ability to collect information about diseases. Students understand clinical conditions and acquire the ability to correctly describe the history of diseases and disorders.

Evaluation Practice (3rd Year)
In evaluation practice, based on observation of behavior and test results of a patient, students will work out a hypotheses of conceivable disorders. We aim to get closer to the essence of problems by fully utilizing knowledge and imagination.

General Practice (4th Year)
While developing the clinical skills acquired through observation practices and evaluation practices, students will devise a program for training and instruction of an actual patient as the combined effort of previous study and carry it out.

Students learn the following five fields of speech and hearing systematically: “speech development disorder,” “hearing disorder,” “phonation and locutionary disorder,” “higher brain dysfunction” and “eating and swallowing disorder” to acquire the ability to understand the problems of patients. From the 2nd year, students challenge clinical practices at hospitals to accumulate experiences so at to successfully demonstrate problem solving ability in society. For the 4th year students, meticulous instructions on measures for national examination will be provided.

Know and learn problem solving ability required by the field (clinical practice)

From the 2nd year to 4th year, clinical practices are conducted, in which all students participate. The curriculum is designed to improve knowledge and clinical skills by learning step by step from “observation practice,” “evaluation practice” and “general practice.” These are the best opportunities for deepening understanding of the five professional fields which students learn through classes and it is also a significant objective to develop the practical ability of problem-solving measures through exchanges with medical professionals. Fields of practices are general hospitals, rehabilitation specialized hospitals, children’s facilities and development support centers and university hospitals, etc. Not only instructors but also all medical staff, including doctors will support students.

University equipment with which students can further advanced study (study facilities/equipment)

In order for students to securely acquire learned knowledge and skills, we offer practices corresponding to specialized subjects in the University. We offer practice rooms and exercise rooms by year for that purpose and also we install a variety of latest equipment for skill up, including a play room expecting exchanges with children, a monitoring room where students and instructors watch the evaluation and training and sound proof rooms for hearing test and voice test

Learn from professionals having extensive field experience (Instructors)

At the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Disorders, instructors having expertise and extensive experience give instruction. To a fixed number of 30 students per year, 8 full-time instructors covering each field of speech and hearing present meticulous instruction. Many opportunities are offered for volunteers and learning at facility visits, utilizing instructor connections with research, local medical care and welfare.

Aiming at 100% success (national examination measures)

We incorporate problem practices and experience practices from the 1st year to establish knowledge. For 4th year students, we conduct “speech and hearing disorders general practice,” which is specialized for the national examination. While students repeat what they learned from specialized basic and clinical subjects, they take mock examinations and study in a group to fully prepare for the national examination of speech therapists. In graduation research and literature reading of selective courses, students can deepen understanding by organizing individual themes and literature information in the small-group seminars. Aiming at 100% success in the national examination, the Department prepares the curriculum by which students can study systematically and gradually for four years.

Qualification, Employment

Targeted qualification * National qualification

  • Speech Therapist *

Future Career Options after graduation

  • Medical institutions (general hospital, rehabilitation special hospital, university hospital, etc.)
  • Social welfare facilities
  • Child facilities (facilities for children with hearing difficulty, development support center, etc.)
  • Special support school
  • Medical equipment-related companies (hearing aid manufacturer, specialized shop, artificial inner ear manufacturer)
etc.

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Admission Policy

To develop human resources as described in this department’s educational goals, we seek students who have a clear sense of purpose and passion, basic knowledge regarding curricula and subjects that they completed in high school, Japanese language proficiency through which they can convey their own ideas, a willingness to positively attempt to solve various problems, and attitude toward actively engaging in activities, and toward making efforts for mutual understanding by communicating effectively with others.

  1. Knowledge and skills
    • We seek students who have basic academic abilities equivalent to those required to graduate from high school, which are necessary for learning after admission.
  2. Ability to think, to judge, and to express oneself
    • We seek students who can consider matters multilaterally and logically.
    • We seek students who can accurately express and convey their own ideas
  3. Attitude toward learning independently and in cooperation with a wide variety of people
    • We seek students who understand various people’s emotions, and who intend to establish relationships of trust.
    • We seek students who are interested in the field of rehabilitation and the work of a speech-language-hearing therapist.
    • We seek students who wish to scientifically study the mechanisms of people’s bodies, minds, and behaviors.